What was Akihabara like years ago? I now live in Tokyo and can visit it anytime I want, but on /jp/ I sometimes saw people post that it changed a lot, especially after 2007. Can you shed some light on that, /jp/? Talk about the old otaku culture in Japan.
Not just that, the street parades in Akiba were a big thing. Being in Akiba beforehand was a weird sensation, it had much more of a community feeling and felt like you were a part of a strange musical all the time. You'd have otaku in pseudo-cosplay dancing in the street, calling out references to various anime, manga and games. You could get two guys having a trading card battle, calling out attack names and everyone would gather around and clap and cheer. People would call stuff out and everyone would have a good laugh, it wasn't cameras constantly flashing, stars posing in elaborate cosplays promoting material and maid cafes where you are made to feel like a number. It had a totally different feeling, if something happened to a vital community point, everyone would know about it and tend to it, even if they didn't live there. The residents liked that and it make Akiba feel like a homely place. If you ever went to the old maid cafes it was very different from what you get now, first of all there wasn't actually many maids - but a lot of cosplay and second of all instead of being sold some kind of cheap service for thousands of yen, if you ate there, one of the cosplayers may occasionally get on the piano in the corner and play songs which everyone would sing along to. There was also a lot of pirate radio in Akihabara and private TV 'studios' which filmed talk shows with a live audience which were then downloaded or distributed on DVD for people who didn't go.
>People forget that cities aren't just transparent places for transparent people, they have communities of their own which need to be maintained and Akihabara's is in the dust.
The post that illustrates it the best, in my opinion. The threads:
https://warosu.org/jp/thread/S12083784#p12086039 (you can read the rest too but things get interesting from this point)
Here's some Akiba photos (pre-Yodobashi Camera) from a personal trip back in the summer of 2005. 1/10
whoops, didn't have a 10th from 2005, so here's a 2006 shot roughly 6 months after.
>But now you might live in constant desire for genuineness that's no longer there.
I do, but it's the same kind of needling desire as the one telling me I should do something with my life. Usually I try and drown myself in media until it goes away.
The other month I was looking for cosplay goods in Akiba and I just couldn't find anything walking around.. I know the average person in Akiba just wants to passively look at pretty girls while looking like a piece of shit but jeez
I live 10-15 minutes away but I can't feel any reason to go anymore now that everything's online... it doesn't feel like a magical place at all either.
>changed a lot, especially after 2007
Akiba is always changing.
I used to be a niche electronics parts shopping district(not even it's first form).
Then it became a mainstream electronics shopping district.
Then a video game/anime goods shopping district.
Not its idol/porn goods shopping and entertainment district.
Who knows what's going to become in the next 5 years? My bet is going to pachinko and soap.
>You could get two guys having a trading card battle, calling out attack names and everyone would gather around and clap and cheer.
I'd go back to playing Magic for that. No, wait, Netrunner.
>You'd have otaku in pseudo-cosplay dancing in the street, calling out references to various anime, manga and games. You could get two guys having a trading card battle, calling out attack names and everyone would gather around and clap and cheer.
This sounds autismal as fuck, honestly.
Nakano Broadway. Tons of small shops with all sorts of in depth otaku shit. The building has all the charm of a dying suburban shopping mall but it's generally much cheaper than Akiba and has a pretty good selection. Vidya is overpriced. Figurines are abundant, as well as card shops.
wow I fucked that up. here it is again
Akiba has lots of nooks and crannies. The main drag is where all the tourists go so the shops cater to them but the side and back streets still have lots to offer. Quit browsing like a tourist.
I almost would like to think of this thread as a virtual akibahara, im not sure... its amazing having anons who are fortunate enough to attend cons and what not and upload scans and files and stuff. reading this thread made me feel sad. if the real neet spirit is here, lets make this our own virtual akiba. it is in a sense, but lets keep going. this is a wild grandiose vision of mine, but i think we can do it.
Akiba is what you make of it imo. the Otaku inside you will add or take away value from your experience.
of course a normie can normie it up, but if you what niche thing you're looking for you can cut past all the touristy BS and have a good time
I like your way of thinking.
This. The main street and 1st back street of Akihabara is pretty normie tier, but when I went there last July I dwelved deep into the bowels of Akiba and found some pretty cool cafes, like the ninja cafe and some other stuff too. Since the main stores have a constant cash flow, the less advertised ones have to compete to pay for rent and etc so they must improve their service. You will have much more fun if you spend time exploring the backstreets than just walking on the main road, but thats just my opinion.
Kind of a weird question, but I'm planning on staying in Akiba next summer. Would it be weird to have luggage on the trains when I'm moving in between cities, or would it be wise to just keep a hotel rented to keep stuff in? I could just backpack to smaller towns.
I forget what I got there, but I remember running into the Gamers store.
That was one of the big stores. Think it was near the subway stop we got out at.
Is Super Potato still a cute little vidya store? I know friends living there said they loved it, so they made sure to take me there.